Vonn tops final Cortina downhill training
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy – Despite a mistake in the top section of the course, Lindsey Vonn posted the fastest time again in the second and final downhill training run on Friday, in superb conditions.
Vonn timed 1:37.48, more than 1,5 seconds faster than on Thursday, to lead Italy's Verena Stuffer by 0.38 and Tina Weirather by 0.40 seconds.
“I am really happy with the way I am skiing right now,” Vonn told reporters. “I have been really working on my balance, being more square, because sometimes I am leaning in a lot and I think that got me into troubles sometimes. I do a lot of drills in the morning before my runs.”
“The middle section of the course is the most important,” Vonn continued. “There are the most dynamic turns where you really carry the speed to the finish. But honestly the whole course is important. It's in perfect shape, it has always been perfect here, but I think this year especially it's so smooth. It's just a real downhillers' downhill. It's fun, high speed, turns and jumps. I really love it here.
Overall World Cup leader Lara Gut tested new skis but admitted that is wasn't a wise choice as she had to be content with 13th position, 1.80 seconds behind.
After Nicole Schmidhofer's knee injury in the first training session, the Duca d'Aosta jump was shaved to prevent the racers to land too far and on the flat.
The downhill is scheduled for Saturday at 10:15 CET and will be followed by a super-G on Sunday at 11:30.
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